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Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees in Sonoma County

Magazine article Sunset

Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees in Sonoma County

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Choose-and-cut Christmas trees in Sonoma County

Shopping for a Christmas tree should be fun, but crowds at busy Bay Area tree lots can detract from the pleasure. Consider heading to Sonoma County, where some 50 farms let you select and cut the tree of your choice.

Most are concentrated in or near Petaluma, Sonoma, and Sebastopol, with a few around Healdsburg. You can reach the first of these in less than an hour from San Francisco via U.S. 101.

Make a day of it. The rolling hills should be carpeted with green from fall rains; the weather can be brisk and startlingly clear. Sonoma also boasts a wealth of wineries for tasting and parks for picnicking. Some of the farms sell several different kinds of tree, among them Bishop and Monterey pines, Douglas fir, and sequoia; they also supply the saws. A few have animals for children to visit, or sell juices, fruit preserves, wreaths, and ornaments. Prices for trees should be $18 to $24 for sizes up to 12 feet. …

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